The UK has kicked off the New Yr with a futuristic drone show (Image: Getty; Reuters)
London has bid farewell to 2020 with a futuristic drone show, which highlighted key moments from the yr the pandemic modified the world.
The pre-recorded show, which was filmed in the course of the early hours of Tuesday, noticed the NHS enclosed in a coronary heart, Black Lives Matter fists raised into the air and Sir Captain Tom Moore’s created out of sunshine.
As Huge Ben rang out to sign the beginning of the New Yr, the drones shaped a large 2021 and fireworks went off by the Millenium Dome.
A male voice might then be heard reciting a poem that started: ‘Within the yr of 2020 a brand new virus got here our manner. We knew what should be finished, and so to assist we hid away.
An ode to the failures of 2020 (Image: BBC)
‘Outdated habits grew to become extinct and so they made manner for the brand new. And each easy act of kindness was now given its due.’
In a nod to a few of 2020’s failures, the drones additionally poked enjoyable on the yr’s limitless Zoom calls, creating the phrases ‘you’re on mute’ above the large picture of a microphone turned off.
Captain Tom Moore, who was made a Sir earlier this yr, was immortalised with drones (Image: BBC)
A large fowl took flight shortly after midnight (Image: PA)
The NHS was positioned inside a coronary heart (Image: BBC)
The show additionally featured the sound of the British public applauding NHS staff, clips from nationwide information experiences, and music by Stormzy and David Bowie. It ended with Sir David Attenborough calling for folks to work in 2021 to assist our ‘fragile’ planet.
The ten-minute present used greater than 300 drones which had been flown across the Millenium Dome after the annual fireworks show on the London Eye was cancelled. Final yr, greater than 100,000 folks gathered round Victoria Embankment for the New Year’s Eve custom.
This yr’s show didn’t happen as a result of virus, with three-quarters of England at present in tier 4, which prevents folks from leaving their houses until for train, work or schooling functions.
Elsewhere within the UK, giant fireworks shows had been additionally cancelled in Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool in a bid to disperse crowds amid Covid restrictions.
The fireworks had been smaller this yr (Image: Getty Photographs)
The streets appeared empty in London this night (Image: Reuters)
Coronavirus has seen many New Yr’s occasions cancelled (Image: Getty Photographs)
Law enforcement officials communicate to pedestrians by the London Eye earlier than midnight (Image: AP)
Nonetheless a number of teams of individuals could possibly be seen gathered on Primrose Hill in London to look at fireworks go off throughout the capital’s skyline, regardless of restrictions not permitting greater than two folks to fulfill up exterior collectively in tier 4.
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